Michael Short Filmmaking notes

Michael Short Filmmaking notes - Filmmaking 22:58 Story...

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Filmmaking 22:58 Plot Structure and Story Making Filmmakers goal is to encourage a provoke a certain thought or feeling in your mind They are creating a mental operation in the audience Story Tale/Narrative Something told by a teller Teller also known as a narrator in English Some narrators named and some are not named Some efface themselves and disappear These stories are written as plays with mainly dialogue and minimal descriptions of  words Some comment on the action and analyze it for us i.e. Holden (catcher in the Rye) Some are omniscient narrators and comment and analyze action taking place but also  take us inside the mind of readers. All stories have their own logic and conventions Only some stories have a narrator A narrative does not really require a narrator but refers to pretty much any type of story  or show or anything Some stories aren’t told but enacted Enacted by actors or dancers etc. Most films and such are dramatized and shown as compared to being told A story can be both dramatized and narrated
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i.e voice over in movie Drama and narration= 2 primary ways a story can be told. In a film it is much more difficult to show the information you want rather than a story  you can just put it in words. Dialogue is not a form of narration Film can impart information regarding a story without using words Filmmakers only use the term narration in order to reference voice over narration Plot Arrangement of Incidents (Aristotle) Plot has a beginning middle and an end Story has one situation leads to a series of changes occurring then a new situation  arises and the story ends Plot should focus on a single unified action (one main idea or goal) Most novels don’t necessarily have this  Plot should not be episodic (Aristotle) For Aristotle an episodic plot is one in which the protagonist serves to unify events Movies more work episodically A tragic plot moves from fortune to misfortune Aristotle does not want subplots All rules about storytelling can be bent and broken somewhat just similarities occurring  in many stories. Plot= the action that is structured for us everything we see and hear and in the order  that we see it.
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